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Mardi Gras attendance down, businesses look towards weekend

Mardi Gras attendance down. Businesses hoping to end on strong note heading into Fat Tuesday. Source: FOX 10 News Mardi Gras attendance down. Businesses hoping to end on strong note heading into Fat Tuesday. Source: FOX 10 News
MOBILE, AL (WALA) -

The good times continue to roll in the Port City. After being rained out Tuesday night, it was the Order of LaShe's turn to hit the streets of downtown Mobile.

From now until Fat Tuesday, there are parades rolling every day. This weekend is the big one as the birth place of Mardi Gras looks to cash in. However, low attendance this year could hurt business and the city's return on investment. 

Mardi Gras attendance in the Port City is down this year. Looking at the last three parades, it's down by more than 73,000 people. 

Maids of Mirth on Saturday:  
70,096 last year, 27,950 this year.

Neptune's Daughters on Sunday: 
53,076 last year, 26,440 this year.

Order of Venus and Order of Many Faces on Monday: 
13,516 last year, 8,448 this year.

"That's a big number… more than I thought," said Rich Gambino, owner Pizzeria Delphina. 

Smack dab in the middle of the parade route, Gambino says business has been slightly off, but expects it to pick up this weekend. 

"I'm guessing it's the weather. It was definitely better weather last year. Warmer for sure. I don't think we had much rain last year… so I think that's the big factor," said Gambino. "I expect a lot of people this weekend... they'll all be out here."

Fortunately the rain held off for LaShe's on the second go-round. When you add in the Superbowl and one of the worst flu epidemics in years it's having a huge impact on the crowds.

Even with the weekend forecast up in the air, die-hards say they'll be out screaming for beads rain or shine. 

"We will be down here. We hope to see everybody. We really enjoy this day. Rain or shine... you know what let it rain. If you don't want to have a good time - stay at home. We are going to be down rain or shine... more things for us to catch," said Eddie Brown. 

"Oh yeah... we love the boom boom! Even if it rains -- we will be here. Absolutely," said one couple. 

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